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Simone Signoret is Simply Unforgettable in Room at the Top

Room at the Top is a phenominal masterpiece starring the superb Simone Signoret. Laurence Harvey plays a young man from the wrong side of the tracks, an ambitious young accountant trying to escape his dismal background. He will stop at nothing as he schemes and climbs his way to the top. Simone plays the older… Continue reading Simone Signoret is Simply Unforgettable in Room at the Top

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Acting Extraordinaire from Signoret, Clouzot and Meurisse in Masterpiece Les Diaboliques

This is one of my favourite films! My best friend and I even performed a version of this in our French class. I had seen the film years before, when I was 10 or 11. They used to rerun these great films all the time, now PBS or Public Broadcasting Service, TVO, TCM and Silver… Continue reading Acting Extraordinaire from Signoret, Clouzot and Meurisse in Masterpiece Les Diaboliques

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Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake in Preston Sturges’ Sullivan’s Travels

Joel McCrea plays a director in Sullivan’s Travels. He has carved out a career of churning out one comedy after another. He remains unfulfilled and longs to make a “serious” film, one that would allow him to leave his mark not only in the film industry but on the world. Successful, yet spoiled and naive,… Continue reading Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake in Preston Sturges’ Sullivan’s Travels

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Belmondo and Seberg captivate us in Breathless

In this classic 1960 French film, Jean-Paul Belmondo is a wandering criminal and Jean Seberg plays his American girlfriend. Jean-Luc Godard’s first feature-length work was Belmondo’s breakthrough film. I was in my teens when I discovered this on late night tv, my introduction to the French way of filmmaking, French New Wave. It is captivating!… Continue reading Belmondo and Seberg captivate us in Breathless

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Taylor and Burton are Simply Electrifying in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf takes a harrowing look at the volatile relationship between an aging professor and his embittered wife. Elizabeth Taylor proves once again what a truly magnificent actress she was in this Academy Award winning performance. Along with Richard Burton, the two actors give the performances of their lives. Try to take… Continue reading Taylor and Burton are Simply Electrifying in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

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The Best Years of Our Lives is a Timeless Classic That Still Resonates Today

The Best Years of our Lives is a classic. In this film, three WWII veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed, their old lives gone forever. Director William Wyler and scene-stealer Harold Russell both won Academy Awards for their work. Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Myrna… Continue reading The Best Years of Our Lives is a Timeless Classic That Still Resonates Today

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The Day the Earth Stood Still Has a Simple Message

As children, my brother, sister and I watched this film every time it came on. I find that the current crop of action films depend on special effects to draw their audience. I’ve never found it necessary. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) proves this and I find it has stood the test of… Continue reading The Day the Earth Stood Still Has a Simple Message

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Gripping Courtroom Drama Anatomy of a Murder is Based on a True Life Murder Case

Anatomy of a Murder is about the murder trial of Lieutenant Manion. This courtroom crime drama boasts a sensational cast and these superb actors will most certainly keep you glued to your screen. James Stewart and George C. Scott lead the cast. Otto Preminger directed this film which was adapted by Wendell Mayes from the… Continue reading Gripping Courtroom Drama Anatomy of a Murder is Based on a True Life Murder Case